Join writer Sarah Acton for a short writing workshop about place. This fun and interactive workshop inspires connection to landscape for adults of all levels and ability, with gentle and playful prompts to spark new writing and ideas.
Purbeck stone and its relationship to wild/landscape is our theme for the session, and through Wild Writing (embodied writing in and of the landscape, seasons and elements) tools and exercises, the group will explore and take inspiration from individual and collective relationship and response to place, memory and spirit of place using accessible prompts, games and exercises designed to shift perspective and spark ideas for new poetry, story and creative non-fiction.
Sarah uses prompts, storytelling and short readings as jumping off points alongside themes of Purbeck stone, folklore, the natural landscape and seasons of Burngate.
What will I achieve?
The aim is to feel like doing more writing and wondering, enjoying creative exploration and connection in the moment together.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for adults of all levels and ability
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will be working in the classroom, walking together and sitting outdoors on the Burngate site. We will share reflections, ideas and what we have written, and weave storytelling and reflection with memory of places real and imagined.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to prepare in advance or bring?
You won’t need to prepare anything in advance. Bring clothing suitable for mild and light weather, pen and paper…feel free to bring a cushion and blanket. Tea and coffee are provided.
|£25 per session
|Maximum 12 people
|For all levels of ability
Poetry | Creative Writing
Sarah Acton is a landscape poet and performer, oral history and community theatre writer who runs arts programmes for social engagement and connection to nature and place. Sarah’s writing and teaching explore earth history, myth, folklore and sense of belonging to and of landscape, drawing on a passion for poetics and orality (the living voice, rhythms and dialect).
Sarah’s recent projects include the Heart of Stone community play on Portland for b-side festival, and the Talking Tent story-gathering project for Dorset AONB, alongside ongoing commissions for Stepping into Nature including Your Seasons of Story, collaborating with two visual artists and a storyteller, and many local communities. She has written for magazines and anthologies. Sarah’s oral history book about the seine fishing industry along the Chesil Beach is published later this year.